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ColorVibe 5k

Oh, what a mess we were, but what a blast it was! Carter and I ran the ColorVibe 5k in Manassas, VA this past weekend. I knew to expect a party atmosphere, but it blew me away. So much fun and I highly recommend it to anyone. Lots of folks walked the whole thing so it’s okay if you’re not a runner. In fact, it’s not even timed so no one would even know if you ran it or walked it. Or even finished at all!


My recommendations for this run: sunglasses to help keep the color dust out of your eyes, a hankerchief or something to put over your nose/mouth when you’re running through the color stations, a towel for cleanup afterwards, and seat covers so you don’t make your car a mess on the way home.


Some post-race mac and cheese courtesy of Noodles & Company


I’m glad I stepped out of my comfort zone, and took my dude along for the ride. He loved it, I loved it, and we both can’t wait until next year!

(It rained for the last 1/3rd of the run, which is why we look a little drippy and gross in some of the pictures.)


Whole Foods Tuna Salad, Lightened Up

I got a bee in my bonnet the other day about prepping my meals better. I’ve relied on using the cafe downstairs from my office, and the surrounding quick restaurants, way too often recently.

So I did some searching (on Pinterest, of course) and found a fun and different tuna salad idea. I made it last night and I’m eating it for lunch as I’m typing this. So good. If you like fruity tuna or chicken salad, that is.

I found the recipe on Skinny Kitchen and made it exactly as she wrote it. I eat a lot of food, so this is about 2 servings for me, though if I keep eating while posting I may just finish the whole thing off without paying attention.  (UPDATE: That’s exactly what happened.)

whole foods tuna


Whole Foods Tuna Salad, Lightened Up


  • 1 can of white albacore tuna, (water packed) drained well
  • ½ cup chopped apples, unpeeled (I would suggest Granny Smith)
  • ⅓ cup celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup diced red onions
  • 3 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries
  • 3 tablespoons light mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dill
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. Combine all ingredients.
  2. How's that for an instruction list???

I would suggest using a Granny Smith or other tart apple, as I found the Fuji I used was maybe a little too sweet.

Sugar Detox – Days 12, 13, and 14

I slipped a little this weekend, but it’s over now and I’ve moved on. And I’m down 5 lbs, so there’s that!

Friday breakfast was a banana with peanut butter and (unsweetened) coconut. I wasn’t sure if it would all go together well but it was really good!



I snacked on unsalted cashews and cherries.

Lunch was a treat! Chipotle, baby. And for the first time the brown rice was actually cooked perfectly. They usually serve it underdone, probably because it takes longer to cook than white rice and that’s what they’re used to. I did only intend to eat half of it but, well, I didn’t.

sugar detox lunch

For dinner we went out to a local restaurant where I got a veggie burger with no bun and a side of veggies instead of fries. Not my favorite dinner, plus I was still pretty full from my enormous lunch.

sugar detox dinner

The weekend started well, with me making another breakfast hash of onions, eggs, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, and sausage.

sugar detox breakfast

But then we went out for lunch and I just really didn’t want a salad. I got a veggie sandwich with avocado and cheese. I took most of the cheese off and ate it open-faced.  It really wasn’t great and I only ate half of it, but then three of us split a nice chunk of carrot cake that was DIVINE.

For dinner we went to Denny’s because we hadn’t gone grocery shopping and the fridge was bare. Plus, kids eat free at ours on Saturday nights. I got a breakfast skillet so the only cheat in there were the white potatoes, which I’m not supposed to have.

Sunday started with a banana, and then later I heated up the leftovers of my skillet with some eggs.  I can’t remember at all what I had for lunch, even though it was just yesterday. Dinner was a turkey burger on mixed greens, and dessert was delicious sweet cantaloupe.

So, even though I cheated a bit this weekend, I still think I made some decent choices. It’s all about balance, right?

Sugar Detox – Day 11

I’m maybe getting my groove back, in that I actually made dinner tonight! The surprising thing was that Carter ate it without a fight. He noticed there was something different about the meatballs and he asked if there was onion in them. I said no and he left it alone. Thankfully he didn’t ask what the green stuff was because then he would have just turned up his nose when I told him it was zucchini.


Breakfast was a breakfast casserole with scrambled egg. Yummy, filling, good.


Mid-morning snack: some unsalted cashews. I’ve grown to love them.



The cashews filled me up enough that I really didn’t want lunch so I just ate a banana.


Dinner was supposed to be chicken and zucchini meatballs, but they turned into chicken and zucchini patties instead. I served mine over a salad with balsamic and olive oil.  Chris had his with marinara and quinoa pasta, and Carter had marinara and macaroni. 


Getting closer to the end. What am I going to treat myself to when this is over???

Sugar Detox – Day 10

Day 10 was another bust. I know what I need to do to be successful but for some reason (laziness!) I’m not doing it. I’m still commited to the detox, and I haven’t eaten anything I shouldn’t, but I’m not eating thoughtful, balanced meals. At all.

Breakfast was scrambled eggs and fruit.


Mid-morning snack was cashews. And lots of them.

Lunch was a salad with chicken on it. I had my balsamic and olive oil so I enjoyed it while Carter had Chick-fil-a nuggets right across from me. He has pink eye again so he came to work with me.

Dinner was supposed to be chicken meatballs but I didn’t realize Chris had put the ground chicken in the freezer so it wasn’t defrosted. Therefore, I cut up a personal watermelon and ate half of it. Because that’s a healthy dinner. Gah.


Of course I was still hungry later so I had some more cashews.

Give me motivation!